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4th Annual Benefit Concert–Women Who Rock–Featuring Sheila E., Rita Wilson, Orianthi, Lauren Monroe w/Rick Allen, The Vindys and More, Returns To Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA on Oct. 16, 2021

Women will rock Stage AE Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 16 as the 4th annual Women Who Rock Benefit Concert Presented by Gibson Gives returns as a live, in-person concert event. Women Who Rock connects through the power of music and helps educate, support and fund women–centric health research. This year’s annual Women Who Rock Benefit Concert on October 16 will feature performances from singer-songwriter Rita WilsonLauren Monroe with Rick Allen of Def LeppardOrianthiThe Vindys, and DJ Femi. Legendary singer-songwriter-drummer-percussionist and philanthropist Sheila E. will be on-hand to receive the 2021 Women Who Rock Impact Award. Host of IHEART RADIO 102.5FM WDVE Michele Michaels will return for the fourth year in a row as the emcee. All proceeds from Women Who Rock support the Magee-Women’s Research Institute (MWRI)–the nation’s largest research institute dedicated solely to life-saving women’s health research. Tickets for the 2021 Women Who Rock benefit concert are on sale now: https://promowestlive.com/pittsburgh/stage-ae/2021/10/gibson-gives-presents-women-who-rock-benefit-concert.

The legendary Sheila E. often referred to as the Queen of Percussion, will be honored with the 2021 Women Who Rock Impact Award presented by Peoples, an Essential Utilities Company. “I am honored and humbled to be recognized for the Impact Award,” says Sheila E. “Thank you to Women Who Rock and Magee-Women’s Research Institute for the incredible and life changing work you do. When I think of impact, I think of all the women–mentors, my mother, my grandmother, sisters, colleagues, new and lifelong friends–who have lifted me up throughout the years and continually inspired me to pay it forward.” 

Rita Wilson has officially released the third and final EP in her Trilogy series titled Trilogy 3 Rita continues to demonstrate her evolution as a dynamic singer, songwriter and performer who successfully straddles the worlds of pop, country, and folk. The lead single Thin Air,” is a sparsely beautiful and ethereal collaboration with Sleeping atLast.

Women Who Rock concert attendees will experience an interactive Beauty Bar offering free beauty perks and giveaways, social sharing Photo Booth, Silent Auction offering a chance to win one-of-a-kind experiences including the VIP Lounge, pink carpet entrance, and a performance from the winner of the Women Who Rock Rising Star ContestGraciela.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Women’s health overall is underfunded and understudied. While most health research has sidestepped sex differences, Magee-Women’s Research Institute (MWRI) a 501c3 is the nation’s largest research institute dedicated solely to women’s health research. In addition, MWRI currently offers 192 studies enrolling 162,000 women in clinical trials all over the world. Researchers at MWRI are working on chemotherapy resistance for the most common form of breast cancer, finding a more effective treatment for triple negative breast cancer, and running more than 20 clinical trials to develop new, personalized treatments for women.

For fans that cannot attend the concert can support groundbreaking Breast Cancer and Women’s Health ResearchWomen Who Rock has debuted a new merchandise collection. Items include the signature Women Who Rock lightning bolt pin, a Gibson X Women Who Rock guitar strapguitar picks, T-shirts, onesies, tanks, and one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry. A portion of all proceeds from the Women Who Rock collection will fund the life-saving breast cancer and women’s health research at Magee-Women’s Research Institute (MWRI). For more information on the Women Who Rock collection visit: https://women-who-rock.myshopify.com/collections/all-products, or donate directly: https://mageewomens.org/support.

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About Women Who Rock:

Women Who Rock connects through the power of music and helps educate, support and fund women-centric health research. The annual Women Who Rock Benefit Concert in October features some of the brightest stars in music today with a 100% female-fronted line-up. All proceeds support the Magee-Women’s Research Institute (MWRI)–the nation’s largest research institute dedicated solely to life-saving women’s health research. 

About Gibson Gives:

Gibson Gives and KRK Kares work extensively with other charities in a 360 degree way, raising the funds they need the most right now including MusiCares, The Recording Academy (GRAMMY’s)Guitars For Vets (helping U.S. military veterans with PTSD), Let’s Stay (In) Together Apollo Theater Benefit,Women Who Rock (raised over $45,000 for breast cancer research at Magee Women’s Research Institute) Ryan Seacrest Foundation (placed Gibson instruments and KRK studio gear in all of their U.S. hospitals for pediatric patients and offering them music-making lessons to cope with illness), JoyRxMusic®Children’s Cancer Association (arranged music lessons for hospitalized kids and teens facing cancer and serious illness) and the Do it for the Love’ Foundation (a wish-granting non-profit organization for people living with life-threatening illnesses). Gibson Gives became the exclusive stringed instrument provider for the Nashville based non-profit Musicians On Call (who arrange in-room and virtual performances by superstar artists with hospital patients) and donated high-value guitars for auction to support the Teenage Cancer Trust (London, U.K.). Gibson Gives partnered with the NAMM Foundation for their Believe In Music 2021program–NAMM attendees both donated and selected the non-profit they wanted to receive their donation—raising $20,000 in three days. Since re-launching in 2019, Gibson Gives has raised over $3 million dollars worldwide through its mission to create, develop and support non-profit organizations in their efforts to advance musicians, youth-focused education, and wellness initiatives. 100% of all donations to and from Gibson Gives–a 501(c)(3) organization–go towards giving the gift of music. Gibson Gives is changing lives…one guitar at a time. For more information, visit: www.gibsongives.org.